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Kirk Hiner
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Kirk Hiner has been covering Apple products on the web since 1998. In between writing reviews and covering Apple product news, he has written the novel "Mowin' the Heavenly Lawn" and co-authored the play "Spoon Millionaires." Kirk currently lives in the Mogadore with his wife and three children, where he's always never finishing his next book, playing a lot of video games, and going on and on about Japanese rock bands, the Seattle Seahawks, and Flash Gordon.

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Back-to-school giveaway: UE Boom – Jettison Edition wireless speaker

Is it too early to think about going back to school? Yes? Maybe? Regardless, it’s not too early to think about new speaker equipment, and that’s why we’re giving away an Ultimate Ears UE Boom wireless speaker to one lucky AppleTell reader. The specific model is the UE Boom – Jettison Edition, a limited run designed by skateboard artist Don Pendleton, worth $199.99.

Sharknado game storms its way onto iOS

The press release for Sharknado: The Video Game says it’s based on the “cult classic.” I’m not sure I’d go quite that far just yet, but SyFy is sure working hard to get it there, so I’ll let them have their fun with success while you have your fun the game. Developed by the appropriately named Other Ocean, in partnership with the inappropriately named Majesco Entertainment Company, Sharknado: The Video Game is now available for download on iOS.

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Logitech offers Protection+ for iPhone 5/5s, reviewed

The Logitech Protection+ is a deceptive case. It doesn’t look to be as protective as it is. It adds noticable weight to your iPhone 5 or 5s, and it does make it thicker, but when you consider it exceeds exceeds military drop standards (MIL STD 810 G)—tested at drops from 1.8 meters—it’s actually pretty svelte for protection it provides.

Total War: Shogun 2 reaches Mac borders on July 31st

Although I’m still patiently waiting for someone to release a Shogun Warriors game, Feral Interactive has done the Mac community even better with the announcement that the historical strategy game Total War: Shogun 2 for Mac will be released via Steam on Thursday, July 31st, with the Mac App Store version scheduled for release in early August.

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Get ready for football with the InkFusion Lite iPhone case, reviewed

Short of changing your ringtone to the local radio guy announcing a touchdown, there’s no better way than an iPhone case to indicate your favorite NFL team to those around you who really don’t care at all. And for NFL licensed cases, there may be no better option than SkinIt’s InkFusion Lite.

Appidemic: Solve the explained in Secret Files Tunguska for iOS

When Russian scientist Vladimir Kalenkow disappears while investigating the “unexplained” Tunguska Event of 1908, his daughter steps into action. Along with Vladimir’s assistant, Max, she will attempt to outrun both Russian intelligence and a secret society to unravel the mystery and hopefully find her dad in Secret Files Tunguska.

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Indiegogo find: The Mighty Speaker may be sharkproof

I say the Mighty Speaker “may” be sharkproof because the developer doesn’t actually make that claim. They have no reason to. But I’m watching something on SyFy about the greatest shark attacks in cinema, so I’ve got that on my mind. Hopefully, your speaker needs are more of the waterproof, sandproof and floating variety, which the Mighty Speaker can provide.

Get the mPact Glass screen protector for iPhone 5/5s before you wish you had

The good news, I guess, is that we’re all pretty much done with those floppy, bubble-ridden screen protectors we still get for free with our iPhone cases. At least we should be. You’ve got glass options now, which go on better, look better, and feel better in use. Here, we’re going to look at the mPact Glass screen protector from designed by m.

Your weekend GOG.com promo is all about Daedalic

GOG.com supports Linux now. Yeah, I don’t care much either. I mean, I’m happy for Linux users—I like when people of all walks of life get to play the games—but I’m more interested in what GOG.com has to offer Mac gamers. This week, that offering is of particular interest to adventure games; from now through Tuesday, July 29th, GOG.com is offering up to 90% off select adventure games from Daedalic.

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Touchscreen input with an AluPen Twist, reviewed

Just Mobile, of course, knows a thing or two about stylus input for touchscreen devices; their classic AluPen is one of the most popular ever made. But that doesn’t mean they’re about just rest on their laurels. And so we have the Just Mobile AluPen Twist, a dual-purpose stylus for touchscreens and paper.

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What lurks in the PowerShadow i5d battery case for iPhone 5/5s?

It’s the combination of the dock and the case, then, that allows me to heartily recommend the PowerShadow i5d. There are less expensive, more attractive options available, but if you hate having to take your phone out of its case in order to dock it, the PowerShadow i5d is the most convenient option I’ve tried yet.